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Mississippi State freshman Malik Newman continues the NBA Draft process

Mississippi State freshman point guard Malik Newman, who declared for the NBA draft March 22nd, continues the process of deciding whether he will stay in the draft or play his sophomore year at Mississippi State.

Despite an injury-plagued freshman season that limited his effectiveness, Newman still averaged 11.3 points per game while shooting .379 from the three-point range. His 61 made three-point attempts is the second best among freshmen in the MSU history books.

NBA teams showed that they are still very much impressed by the highly-touted freshman by inviting him to the NBA Scouting Combine, which takes place May 10-15 in Chicago, Illinois.

According to a source close to Newman, "he was one of 70 players invited to the combined of 189 players" that were evaluated.

Newman, who has not hired an agent, has, according to my source, "been offered individual tryouts by (NBA teams) Boston, New Orleans and Minnesota."

He has declined to attend any of the tryouts.

My source went on to say that Newman, "will attend the combine, then see what the teams say about him and then decide if he will go through the draft."

Newman "has no plans on attending any individual tryouts after the combine," said my source.

Newman has until June 13th to withdraw his name from the June 23rd NBA Draft.

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